The Imani Winds return to Blacksburg for a concert entitled East Meets West at the Lyric Theatre on Tuesday, April 24 at 8 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Virgnia Tech Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Music, with support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.

The concert will feature "East Meets West Suite" by Miguel Del Aguila, Gamal Abdel-Rahim, and Manuel de Falla; "Wind Quintet, Op. 10" by Pavel Haas; "Tzigane" by Valerie Coleman; "Wanderings" by Derek Bermel; "Drones and Nanorhythms" by Nikola Resanovic; and "Dance Mediterranea" by Simon Shaheen. Members of the ensemble include Valerie Coleman, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mariam Adam, clarinet; Jeff Scott, French horn; and Monica Ellis, bassoon. 

Imani Winds has established itself as more than a wind quintet. Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated ensemble has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions and bringing new sounds and textures to traditional instrumentation.

This will be the second time that the group has performed in Blacksburg and worked with students at Virginia Tech.  In 2010, the Imani Winds came to Virginia Tech with the support of a grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The group will rehearse with members of the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and perform a chamber music concert with the students in Squires Recital Salon at 2 p.m. also on April 24. This event is also open to the public.

Tickets for the concert at the Lyric Theatre may be purchased at the Lyric Theatre online or by stopping by Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., or by calling 540-951-4771. Tickets are $40 General Public, $34 Seniors, and $16 students.

Free parking is available in the Squires Lot located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Squire parking garage or the Farmers Market metered parking lot both located on Draper Road. Additional Downtown Blacksburg parking information can be found online.




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